NFL fantasy musings for Week 15
It's obvious that
I think Jerry is looking at the game checks and figuring that, with the money they signed Barber for, he should be playing with both legs broken if it comes to that. Something tells me Barber will be playing for the Dolphins next year. It's just a hunch, but I'm willing to start a rumor right here, right now. Better yet, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a big bruising back who can catch passes in the West Coast Offense. I'll put the call in to
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• What to do about Denver this week? This year, it isn't
• For all intents and purposes, it seems as though Detroit blew its last chance at sneaking a win in for the 2008 season. Actually it was
• Arena Football is reportedly mulling shutting its doors in 2009, yet teams like Philadelphia, Chicago and Arizona have continued to conduct open tryouts. It seems to me they wouldn't be wasting their time if the league wasn't going to play. Let's hope they do. My kids would be very upset not to be at the home opener for the Tampa Bay Storm. Where else can you get season tickets and a pair of T-shirts for only $99?
• Does anyone really watch the Pro Bowl anymore? It has become such a joke over the last few years. It seems as if most of the players who actually play are alternates, because the winners beg off for various reasons, both legitimate and questionable. I think we should go back to the old format, where the defending Super Bowl champions played against a team made up of college All-Stars. Want to make it even more interesting? Let the Detroit Lions play against the All-Stars and see if they are as bad as they play every Sunday. It would be like a train wreck ... people would watch just to see the carnage.
• We're in the end game in the fantasy football season, and your choices become more difficult every week. Will the Titans rest their starters just when you need them for your league's Super Bowl? Savvy owners have already jumped on players like
Do you start
The Bucs were run over last week. Does that make
Just when it seemed that
And what about
• My game of the week is Pittsburgh at Baltimore. I know most people seem to be focusing on Dallas and their constant drama queen pageant hosting the Giants, but for pure, physical, smash-mouth football enjoyment, this is the game that really stands out. When these two teams met in Week 4 at Heinz Field, it was a bruising, battering contest that saw three running backs get knocked out of the game.
• Can't the NFL do something about Monday Night's game? Watching Cleveland travel to Philadelphia is about as entertaining as Christians versus the Lions in the Coliseum.
• I imagine the schedule-makers had a different contest in mind when they saw Seattle playing at St. Louis this weekend. It sure seemed like the game would mean something, at least to one of the teams. I wouldn't blame the local affiliates for switching out the game for reruns of
• I know the answer is obvious, but it still fun to think that there might actually be a quarterback controversy in New England next year.
• Speaking of New England, I wonder if anyone is really giving Oakland a chance this week? While I don't think they'll win, they've done their best Denver impression against the AFC East. Early in the season, they traveled to Buffalo and controlled the game until the waning moments, allowing the Bills to come back and win it with a last gasp field goal. Four weeks later, they played host to the Jets, taking them down 16-13. Then it was a trip to Miami, where they barely missed again, losing 17-15. You have to believe that is the only thing keeping odds makers from making the Patriots more than a touchdown favorite.
• Finally, because I feel like I need to pick an upset game and I'm just not comfortable giving